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there you go. satellite picture, mid- atlantic, new england, down into the carolinas looks great with lots of clear skies, high pressure dry for another day. highs in the low 80s. 63 degrees now at dulles. 65 at bwi marshall. this afternoon, sunshine, 82 degrees, open the windows, let that nice refreshing air in for another day. changes in the forecast in the form of a few showers tomorrow. i'll have details on that in just a minute. tony. back to you. >> thank you. breaking news on another embassy attack. this is at the u.s. embassy in the capital of yemen. hundreds of angry protestors set fire to tires outside and managed to get inside the courtyard where they tore down
the american flag and it. riot police fired tear gas and pushed them back. the president of yemen just apologized to president obama for the violence. there are also anti-american protests in other parts of the middle east including tunisia and morocco. in egypt, protests at the u.s. embassy in cairo continue for a third day. these are live pictures behind us now. the angry demonstrations were reportedly sparked by a film made in the u.s. that insults mohammed. >> but there are now reports that al qaeda may have planned the protest. in libya, the fbi is launching an investigation into the killing of ambassador chris stevens. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live in the newsroom with more. >> reporter: a team of 50 specially trained u.s. marines was deployed overnight to tripoli. president bush spoke to egypt and libya as it's becoming clear your what may have been behind these attacks. more protests overnight in egypt but they were met with
what appeared to be a strong police presence. and while what's happening here may still be a response to a u.s. filmmaker who uploaded a video that offended many muslims, it's become increasingly clear that what happened at the u.s. consulate in libya may have been something different. a coordinated sustained attack that lasted for hours killing u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others possibly to send a message on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> this is not a mob in benghazi. this was an organized terrorist attack. >> reporter: as two navy destroyers and marines were dispatched to libya, back at home, the attacks became a campaign issue. republican nominee mitt romney cited a statement from the u.s. embassy in egypt that had criticized the film that may have sparked the outrage there. >> having that embassy reiterate a statement effectively apologizing for the right of free speech is not the right course for an administration. >> reporter: the attack delayed the president's scheduled campaign trip yesterday. but he still attended a rally
in las vegas after telling cbs'60 minutes that governor romney has a tendency in obama's words to shoot first and aim later. >> it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you have thought through the ramifications before you make them. >> reporter: this morning egypt's islamist president vowed not to allow further attacks on embassies in cairo and harshly criticized the film and asked president obama to end such behavior. the film clip mocking mohammed will not be removed by youtube. so far google owner, the company, has only blocked access to the clip in egypt and libya saying the video is within their guidelines for posting to the site. it will remain up elsewhere in the world. meantime, some of the actors in the film say they were misled about it claiming some of the dialogue was dubbed in post- production. in the race for the white
house, gop presidential hopeful mitt romney and his running mate paul ryan are back in the area. romney will hold a campaign rally in fairfax around 11:30. congressman ryan is in d.c. to vote on a spending bill. he will hit the campaign trail again tomorrow with events in the district and virginia. on the democratic side, the first lady is also campaigning in virginia today making stops in richmond and fredericksburg. michelle obama is expected to speak to supporters about what's at stake for virginians in this election. virginia of course is a key battleground state. right now the race between the president and mr. romney is close. the president campaigns today in colorado. as congress gears up to leave washington for the fall campaign the house is set to vote on a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. the bill will also allow spending [ indiscernible ] budget cap -- the bill includes measures like replenishing the
funding for food stamps and welfare. vice-presidential candidate paul ryan will be making his first appearance at the capital to vote on the bill since earning the gop ticket. ryan is scheduled to rally in d.c. and virginia tomorrow. new this morning, prince george's county police are asking for help in the search for a missing man. 6le-year-old george fairknot seen here last seen on september 7 driving in the district in the area of "h" street northeast heading towards benning road. he drives a 2004 tan chevy blazer with maryland tags 746m855. if you have any information on the whereabouts of george fairnot, call prince george's county police. cuban government officials say they are ready to negotiate a solution in the case of a maryland plan imprisoned in that country. it is the first time a senior
diplomat has hinted this kind of proposal has been made when it comes to alan gross' situation. he was working in cuba when he was arrested in 2009. cuban officials say he was part of a multi-million dollar u.s. plan to undermine the government by supplying people with internet access. gross is currently serving a 15- year sentence. a maryland teenager charged in the shooting at his high school last month is due in court for a bail hearing today. police say 15-year-old robert gladden fired a shotgun twice in the cafeteria at perry hall. he faces 29 charges including attempted murder for injuring another student whose picture you saw briefly on your screen. now, gladden's attorney says he brought the gun to school to intimidate bullies and didn't mean to shoot anyone. more money is being poured into maryland's gambling campaign. penn national gamble donated another $4 million to the committee trying to defeat the expansion measure. it opposes the plan to add table games in maryland and another casino in prince george's county. penn national owns one casino in maryland and one in charles
town, west virginia. voters will have the final say on the measure in a referendum this november. before voters decide whether to expand gambling in maryland, mgm officials want to tell voters what they can expect if the company gets the green light. they are opening an information center at national harbor today. this will give visitors an opportunity to closely examine their plans for a resort casino in prince george's county. marylanders will vote on whether to pass that referendum as we said in the november election. the maryland public service commission is holding a hearing in baltimore today to discuss how power companies handled the widespread outages from june's derecho. at 10 a.m. officials will meet with representatives from five companies including pepco and bge. the storm left hundreds of thousands of people in the dark. it took days to get all the power restored. tonight, angry drivers will have one time chance to sound off about the proposed dulles toll road rate hikes. it will be the third opportunity in a series of
scheduled public hearings. the airport authority's plan would double toll prices by 2015 in order to pay for the silver line metro to dulles. the meeting is at springhill elementary school in mcclain beginning at 5:00. in just about an hour, the washington national cathedral will be holding a memorial service in honor of astronaut neil armstrong. the first man on the moon passed away last month at the age of 82. michael collins the apollo 11 command module pilot and eugene certain anyone the apollo 17 mission commander and the last man to walk on the moon are scheduled to participate in the service. the cathedral is home to a lunar rock which was presented to officials by the apollo 11 astronauts back in 1974. 9:08. hundreds of cheese wheels on the recall list this morning. we are going to tell you which brand is affected. >> plus, flu season is upon us. so what should you know about getting the vaccine? >> after the break, a local physician and nurse join us in
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welcome back. it's 9:12. a second death from west nile virus is confirmed in maryland. officials will only say that the two victims were adults and are urging people to take precautions against getting the virus. precautions include using epa registered insect repellent and wearing long pants and long- sleeved shirts and hats outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active. check your cheese. it could be part of a recall affecting people in the district, maryland and virginia. federal health officials say the imported italian ricotta salata distributed by forever cheese of new york is linked to illnesses in 11 states. three people in maryland
reported becoming sick and one person in virginia and in the district were also sickened. the cheese was sold in some whole foods stores and distributed to restaurants, as well. yesterday whole foods said it was recalling the ricotta salata in question from some of its stores and said that all sell by dates through october 2 are affected. on monday, forever cheese issued a recall of 800 wheels of that cheese. >> lots of news about how you can get sick. here's some news about how to stay well if you want to avoid sneezing and body aches associated with the flu, it's your time to grit your teeth and get that flu vaccine. the good news is, this year there are some options that don't involve that for some folks scary needle. joining us now with the essentials that you need to know, dr. david hansen. dr. hansen is a board-certified internist. good morning. and registered nurse pamela prindle the direct of the foxhall internist immunization clinic.
good morning. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> this is sort of news that we hear. we hear it every year. but boy, we also hear about illnesses and deaths related to the flu. this is a really big deal. dr. hansen, i'll start with you. why is it important to get your flu shot and what's new this year? >> right. the flu as we have been discussing is one of the more serious viral infections. west nile virus you're speaking about is something that's a serious public health issue as well. there's no vaccine for that, at least not yet. but for flu, there's a very effective vaccine that's been particularly effective the last few years here. so very important that everybody get vaccinated. more people that get vaccinated in the country, the less risk we have as a population in general it turns out. so the cdc a few years ago recommended that everybody over the age of 6 months get vaccinated with particular emphasis on the young children and the elderly because they're
at higher risk. >> how are we doing on shortages of vaccinations? >> we're doing great. i think everybody has their flu shot early, their flu shot supply early. we have more producers of flu vaccine than in the past so that really helps with not having shortages. >> okay. >> we have a variety of different types of flu vaccines available for people, different ways to administer the flu in shot. >> you brought some examples. i will in a couple of minutes get my flu shot but tell us what's new. >> the new is this new interdermal by adventist pasture and it's for the needle- phobics. it's get a short needle on it. >> whoo. >> you can barely see it. it enters the skin very gently and a tenth of a cc that goes under the skin. dr. hansen and i both have taken this. i find that it has less muscle soreness. you still are a little bump or rash where the shot was given. but overall, it's i think a
less painful shot. >> dr. hansen, let's address that. there are some folks out there that says you're giving me the flu and i'm going to feel this. what should you expect after you get your vaccination? >> the most important point to make is the idea that the flu shot can make you sick. it's completely false. there's actually nothing in any of these vaccines that is capable of introducing illnesses even the nasal vaccine with an activated virus. there is no possibility of introducing infection. what you might expect is the immune system response to the vaccine where you may feel aching, may even feel a fever particularly in the evening or the first 24 hours after the vaccine is given. but that's not infection. that is your immune system appropriately responding to the vaccine. so it's important to realize that although there are some people who are allergic to the vaccine, that's rare. most do benefit from having the
vaccine. >> so let's get started. nurse prindle has agreed to do mine. here's my consent form. we are doing this by the book here. there's that. i just -- dr. hansen, i'll ask you so we can keep talking and i don't focus on what i'm actually doing here, you know, how long does it last? some folks say i'm going to wait to get my flu shot later so it will last longer. >> what's the real deal here? >> it's an older misconception as well that if you get your flu shot too early in the season, then you may miss an opportunity to fight off infection later on, that the vaccine wears out. again, completely false. getting a vaccine right now as you're doing is still going to be effective throughout the season in the d.c. area. arguably, it's better to get it relatively early so that you have a chance for the vaccine to be fully effective by the time influenza reaches the d.c. area. so short answer being that there's really no reason to delay it at this point. >> okay. now, let me tell you something, i'm a pretty big baby.
that was fine. thank you so much. but you might also have the touch. been doing this for a while, right. nurse prindle, thank you so much for this and for coming in today. and it really is a painless way to do one thing that helps you keep moving this winter, right, this flu season. >> good idea. >> all right. this is dr. david hansen, this is registered nurse pamela prindle both from foxhall internists. thank you so much for coming in today. ton any, over to you. one big retailer doesn't want you to miss out on the season's hottest toys. how you can reserve yours straight ahead. >> it's sleek but the iphone 5 doesn't come with one accessory you'll need. we'll tell you what this is coming up next. >> first, let's check with holly. >> reporter: hey, tony. get your hiking shoes on because we are live on the appalachian trail this morning. 2,180 miles long, passes through 14 states and just happens to be turning 75 years
old. they are celebrating the anniversary. we'll tell you how live from harpers ferry a little later. >> thanks. before we head to the break, you're looking at the new guinness world record for the tallest mohawk. it stands three feet 8.5" high. you can see the winds blowing it around but it still stands up. >> what gel is he using? >> this person in japan has been growing it for 15 years. he flew to new york to launch the new guinness world records book. stay with us.
networks and use a new operating system. it comes with ear pods that are drawing rave reviews. but there's been negative feedback about a new connector cable which could force users to buy an adapter in order to connect it to older accessories. preorders begin on friday and the iphone 5 officially hits stores september 21. all right. holiday toy shopping made easier. toys 'r us wants to help you get your hands on this season's hottest toys. once the retailer announces the 50 items on its annual hot toys list, you can reserve the toy in stores not online with 20% down. you will have until december 16 to pick up your toys. that's good. we have all heard of, maybe even tried, online dating. not me. you know, other people. but one shop in paris, france is taking dating to a whole new level -- only because i'm married. that's why i said that. nothing against online dating. the adopt a guy boutique opened this week. eligible bachelor's are on display in fake toy boxes all
in hopes of being picked up for a date. this is not amsterdam, this is paris. women can then purchase the men at the market of love. sounds like something else i have heard of. the store was inspired by' french dating website. >> looks suspicious. >> he was posing as a doctor. >> like a ken doll. healthy on the go. how one fast food chain is helping you count your calories. >> candidates are back on the campaign trail and wisdom is getting the scoop from students. >> reporter: this is campaign u. we are in the classroom of lenny steinhorn. one of the big topics the violence, libya and egypt. we'll talk about that with the students and the professor when "fox 5 morning news" continues. [ romney ] this president can ask us to be patient. this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cant tell us
that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message.
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a consumer alert for calorie counters. if you feel the need to splurge on fast food, nutritional information should now be easier to find. starting next week, mcdonald's is adding calorie information to all restaurants and drive- through menus. the fast food chain is also launching a new mobile phone app that allows families to create meals and check nutritional information. kudos to you, mcdonald's. i love that idea. >> all right. today new york lawmakers are expected to vote on the proposal to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. if it passes, at least one opposing group says they will sue the city's health board saying the proposal singles out soft drink companies. advocates such as mayor michael bloomberg say the plan would help fight obesity. the proposal bans the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters and other public places. big debate about that in new york. >> yup. >> okay. >> i like the calorie count thing. >> love that. i see that in some fast-food
restaurants. it helps you make -- i use it 100%. it helps you make choices. i can splurge on that. not for 900 calories. >> i'm not smart. if i really want something like the double cheeseburger, i don't read it. >> then you should have it. but at least you should have the option of knowing. >> i love nikia and marcus robinson. their son is turning one today. they asked if i could do this at 7:15 before they leave the house. i didn't see it until just now. but i want to say i got it on. >> maybe he's watching. >> we love our viewers. right? >> we do. >> we see them out and about and -- love it. thank you so much. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday! >> and what a beautiful day for a birthday. temperatures in the upper 60s. there's a live shot. guess we're look at virginia there with fine conditions expected throughout the day like the last several days. perfect. open the windows, let the nice air in. later today 70s and low 80s and then cooling off again tonight with the best part being the
low humidity. >> makes you want to get out there. like 7:00, let's go for a walk. just makes you outdoorsy. >> yeah. >> and i notice that i have more energy. >> i think so, too. >> you're taking the kids for a walk, eating healthy at mcdonald's. >> trying to live well and hold on. >> keep it up. [ laughter ] >> 67 in washington. 70 in annapolis. you're holding on great, allison. 66 leonardtown. north and west, we're warming up. we're back in the upper 40s and low 50s north and west this morning. frederick in the upper 40s. 61 for you. 63 degrees in fredericksburg. all right. i mentioned upper 70s, low 80s back in the forecast today. here's your temperature trend and if you are wondering what the average daytime high is this time of year now that we're getting close to the middle of september, it's 81 degrees. we'll be right there today. we'll go to 82 today and tomorrow. and then a cold front that will come through later friday tomorrow night and early saturday morning should cool us
down for the weekend. temperatures nice, highs in the upper 70s. there's your satellite-radar. another great looking day. there will be a cloud or two this afternoon but generally, sunny skies and bright and beautiful with low humidity. off to the north and west we have a cold front. that will bring us a chance for a couple of showers around here and let me emphasize a couple of showers. it will be weak when it comes through. later tomorrow and tomorrow night, i know we have an outdoor concert at the park. there could be a shower for that but most of the energy will stay to the north and to the west. high pressure off to our north and east. it's giving us great weather. it will slip off to the east. thank you very much, high pressure, for the great weather. here comes the next frontal system. more cloud cover around tomorrow with a few showers around. behind in front we'll get it out of here early saturday. here's the good news. saturday and sunday, bright and sunny with high temperatures in the upper 70s. ah, fall time of the 82 degrees. sunshine, warm afternoon, even though it's late summer, winds south and east here at 5 and
here's your seven-day forecast. accuweather seven-day forecast low 80s today and tomorrow. then we'll cloud up tomorrow afternoon. could be a shower around here friday night, get it out of here for the weekend with temperatures back in the 70s so all the football soccer games that kind of thing should be about perfect for this weekend. okay. that's a look at weather. allison, tony, back to you. thank you, tucker. we are now less than two months from the presidential election and as candidates make their campaign stops, the protests in the middle east have also become a hot button issue in the presidential race. wisdom martin joins us now live from american university again this week with this morning's campaign u 2012. wisdom. >> reporter: this is campaign u at american university. we are here live every thursday as well as streaming live on the web myfoxdc.com. in the classroom of professor lenny steinhorn. we have the students. we are going to have a discussion about a number of things including what's happening in the middle east, how the violence is impacting
the election, post-convention conversations, conversations about ads, talking about the economy as well as what's happening with the chicago teachers that are on strike all things political, everything that's happening on the campaign trail and how this may impact who gets into the white house. this is professor lenny steinhorn. now, what we're going to do, switch things up this week because we want to get him as well as the students. he is teaching class. so real quick, before we get to the students, we are going to ask him about what's happening in libya and how that may impact what's happening over here in the race for the white house. >> well, it's sad to have something so tragic that went on over there become a political issue. but in politics and election, it certainly does. so the question we are going to be asking is, is this a breakdown, a failure of leadership on the president's part that he was unable to protect our people, that things are spinning out of control, or will this be an opportunity to show his leadership in the middle east? so we are going to be discussing that. the second point here is what's going on with mitt romney? is this going to hurt him because of his inexperience or
is he going to be able to sort of push his message that the president has been apologizing for people who are hostile toward the united states? now, he got himself in a little bit of a tempest because he seemed to have jumped the gun reacting to a comment from the american embassy in egypt that took place before the attacks on the embassies. this is what mitt romney said. he said, it's disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. even republican leaders have been distancing themselves from that but mitt romney has now doubled down on this statement. in effect, saying that this is i apologizing for people who don't like us. and i'll read one comment from nbc's first read on this. you would expect the sarah palins of the world to pounce on this and she did but a
presidential nominee after the facts have come out last night meaning two nights ago romney's statement only feeds the narrative that his campaign is desperate. so it turns out that even the biggest issues and the saddest loss of life become political talking points here in the united states. so i want to see what the class thinks about some of this stuff. is this going to help or hurt the president? and what's this going to do with mitt romney given how he's entered into this political issue? >> reporter: so you have heard from the professor. now we are going to give him the mic and let him talk to the students as he teaches his class about this issue. i'm going to get it from you in a second. >> so comments from people. what do you think? what's your first take on this particular issue? is this going to redound to the president's benefit because he is going to show leadership? does it hurt him because things are spinning out of control? some people said there's a potential for a 1979 type of perception when jimmy carter went down the drain on the whole hostage crisis? or is this going to hurt mitt romney more for politicizing?
so any thoughts? go ahead. >> i think it has a strong potential to weaken mitt romney's campaign especially with the comments that paul ryan made about tying the defense cuts with the situation that's happening in libya. i think it looks poor. i think americans aren't going to respond well to it and i think ultimately it's not going to help the romney campaign. >> some people have sort of taken off on that point and said it's a little unseemly to be mentioning these things at this moment in time when people's lives were at stake and increasingly jeopardized throughout the middle east. doug. >> i personally think it might hurt him a bit. i mean, mitt romney is fairly weak on foreign policy. and i think it will help the president. so. >> so you think he comes off as wobbly potentially seizing on the political issue? >> if you have hill leaders such as john boehner and eric cantor trying to distance
themselves from him it's a problem. >> all right. >> professor, we are going to let you continueteach class. thank you very much. we appreciate it. we are going to be here streaming live on the web. that's just a little bit of insilent into what's going to happen here -- insight into what's going to happen here in the campaign. streaming live on the webs, myfoxdc.com. we are here every thursday. back to you. >> thank you. intriguing. is there ng news. and is first to tell us about a major development. more than three years after the red line train crash the metro has developed a realtime monitoring system to prevent another deadly collision. nine people died in the 2009 crash near fort totten. the ntsb blamed a failure in the track circuits and automatic train control system which prevented the computer system from detecting one of the trains in the crash. today the agency announced that
it has developed and tested a track circuit monitoring tool that will detect problems like that in real time. it was one of the key recommendations of the national transportation safety board following the deadly crash. metro says the ntsb has endorsed the monitoring system. we'll have more on this tonight at 5:00 and throughout the day on myfoxdc.com. coming up, a star who overcame ovarian cancer announces she is battling a new form of the disease. we'll tell you who. >> well, a blast from britney's past. a former partner auditions for the "x factor." plus hear the girl who broke demi lovato's heart next in the "buzz bin." [ romney ] this president can ask us to be patient.
this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney
previously battled ovarian cancer in 2004. now she is just such an excellent actress. but, uhm, known for what you're seeing here the blind side and for her academy award women performance of 1991 movie "misery." she plays the lead on "harry's law." >> great in everything she does. >> she is so excellent. >> funny, dramatic, scary. >> we wish her the best. >> we do. last night, the wait was over for "x factor" fans as the season premiered here on fox 5. new judges demi lovato and britney spears made their big debut. britney was shocked to see an old singing partner and while she looked hopeful that he would do well, demi told him that he just wasn't up to par. ♪ [ music ] >> she was good, though. one young rocker certainly had the pipes to make it through after saying she was inspired by rockers like pat benitar.
she belted grace potter's paris and impressed all four judges. >> i just wanted to say thank you for all you've done in support of anti-bullying. i really appreciate it so much. >> and a heartwarming moment between one won test stant and judge lovato. jillian jenson shed tears as she talked about being bullied. judges cried. all the bullies can sit back and watch her on tv. >> how about that. >> i watched -- we both watched t good last night. >> it was good. and i thought demi lovato and britney spears did a good job. >> loved britney. >> yeah. >> me, too. >> loved britney. >> on point with her criticism. very good. coming up, we are chatting live with sherri ly for more on this break news out of the metro board meeting and the approval of a realtime monitoring system. >> also, holly is in harper's ferry. they are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the appalachian trail. she is going to take us there next. it's 9:43.
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question seven. good jobs and better schools in maryland. not west virginia. it is the footpath that links 14 eastern states together. but did you know that the appalachian trail runs right through harper's ferry? >> in fact, just a short walk along the trail from the lowertown to the canal will take you from west virginia to maryland in only a few minutes. holly morris joins us live from the trail now for a special celebration and the pictures have been beautiful, holly. >> reporter: well, thank you. we have enjoyed it. it's been an absolutely picture- perfect morning. you talked about a short walk on the trail. if you take a long walk, if you walk the whole thing, the total elevation gain is like climbing mount everest 16 times, 2,180 miles of trail. it is a true treasure for us to
have it be so accessible to us. mark wenger is the executive director and ceo of the appalachian trail conservancy. good morning to you. >> thank you so much. welcome to harpers ferry and a picture-perfect day. >> reporter: a beautiful day for hiking. so let's wow people a little bit. give us fun facts and figures about the trail. >> first of all, 2,184 miles long plus or minus. 14 states, over 500 jurisdictions that it goes through. you already talked about the elevation gain and loss. over 500 major bridge crossings, a couple of tunnels, and not the least of which, it is a national park. people don't realize it it's one of our real treasures in our park system. >> reporter: 2 to 3 million people i read experience the trail in some way, shape or form each and every year. how many people actually walk the whole thing? >> well, we usually get around between 1,000 and 1500 people complete the trail every year. i did it last year.
>> reporter: you did? >> yes. i'm one of those trail people. >> reporter: congratulations. how long did it take you? >> i did it in sections. i took eight years and 42 different seconds on weekend and weeks. but i had a great time doing it. >> reporter: that's a great way to do it. a lot of people start in georgia where the trail begins in the spring and they end in maine in the fall and it takes them about six months. let's talk about the significance of the 75th anniversary how you celebrate and where the trail is headed to the future. >> all right. 75th anniversary of the completion of the trail. if you think about it, a foot path across 14 states, how improbable is that? and that to piece it together off bits of lands and existing trails creating new trails and that 75 years later we're still celebrating this wonderful iconic footpath of america. and where is it headed? i think the thing there is not only protection of the footpath but also being able to explain to people with new programming we're doing of its importance and the importance of getting people outdoors. >> right. >> this is a perfect way to get
some exercise. >> reporter: it is the perfect way to get some exercise. and put it in perspective in terms of harpers ferry where the trail is. >> you're standing on it. >> i'm in the right place. >> the trail from the north comes off the south mountain. you can't see it from here alon the c & l, cross the bridge here on this low pavement. it goes through some towns. it's not entirely in the wilderness. it goes up the hill here, steps, and then beyond under the ridgeline and that beautiful mountains that you see across there which are the virginia line, it goes up on there and south to georgia. so where you're standing right now you could walk to maine or you could walk to georgia the. >> reporter: let see. hm. maybe -- i might head up to maine so i can experience the colors. david fox, come on over here. i want to get him in one more time with the park service in harpers ferry. big weekend for you all, the sesquicentennial anniversary of the battle o harpers ferry. tell us more about it.
>> this is the lasting all through the weekend. come out any day. we have tours, special event speakers happening through the weekend. and all year long as you say. 20 miles of trails, about 20 exhibits open through the year. there's something here for everybody. this is a slice of american history that you cannot find anywhere else. this history and this scenery it's unparalleled. >> reporter: that's right. so you're a fool if you don't come out and experience it. have you hiked the whole trail? >> sections. never the whole thing. i got some time. >> reporter: myfoxdc.com is our website. we have a link to harpers ferry and the appalachian trail. come on out and enjoy. back to you in the studio. >> wonderful. loved it, thank you. we want to revisit breaking news we told but a few minutes ago. metro has developed a realtime monitoring system to prevent crashes like the one on the red line three years ago. sherri ly broke the story hand joins us live from the phone. what have you learned? tell us about the significance. >> reporter: well, the real
significance of this, tony, is that they will be able to monitor the tracks in real time and if there was any problem with the computerized system that tracks the train, this backup system would identify the problems and then set off an alarm. there are already procedures now in place should that alarm go off. this system has been tested and the ntsb has endorsed the system. if you may remember, after the red line train crash, we discovered that there was no realtime backup system for metro's automatic train control system. in fact, there was not any system like this across the country. so it was a huge task to develop software to create this backup system. now we have it. and what this means for riders is that metro will be allowed to return to the automatic train control system. they haven't set a date on
that. there are also some other things that have to be done before they can do that but clearly, this is a major step forward. since the red line train crash, trains have been running on manual mode, passengers have been complaining about that. it has resulted in slightly slower service. you heard from passengers about a lot of issues with the braking on the trains. but a lot of that will be resolved once metro can go back to the automatic mode and operate in automatic mode. again, metro hasn't said when that could happen but this is a major step forward to seeing that happen. >> i know a lot of recommendations were being bantered about, things that metro should do from the ntsb. is this considered a major step forward here or what else needs to be done as far as public outcry, the ntsb, and metro too? >> reporter: this is absolutely perhaps the biggest step for metro after this red line train
crash. this is really a safety issue because what we found out is after the red line train crash that the monitoring system in place essentially created a report that was then reviewed and then they would identify anomalies. it wasn't realtime. so now what we have is something that will make the system safer so that if for some reason there is a problem, it gets identified immediately because what happened in that red line train crash is there was a failure in the track circuits and there was a failure in the automatic train control system that prevented the computer system from identifying one of the trains that was sitting on the tracks. and that's how the collision happened. and this system ideally will prevent something like that from ever happening again. >> so i'm sure there will be more information forthcoming as to when they will be able to put this in place. sherri ly breaking this story for us from metro headquarters. sherri ly, thank you very much
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